Muscatine Knights of Columbus carry on Thanksgiving tradition

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MUSCATINE, Ia. (KWQC)- Wednesday, the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1305 gathered early to assess the plan of action for their day. The group has delivered Thanksgiving meals to those who need a little help for the last several years. Jim Weigand, pioneers the efforts each year, inspired by a meal he delivered 15 years ago.

“A young fellow in town passed away and left a wife and a couple of children about a week before Thanksgiving, my wife and I went to Hy-Vee and we had them make a dinner for us and we had it sent to the family anonymously.”

The next few years people heard about Weigand’s kind act and began to donate money to the cause so that he could continue to help others. Now, the Knights of Columbus group deliver meals to the Jesus Mission, the Battered Women’s Shelter and other individuals that could benefit from a warm Thanksgiving meal.

“Having been involved in this program now for so long it just gives me a good feeling to know that it’s not necessarily me and my wife who started this program but the Knights.”

This year’s meal delivery was accompanied by a celebration. Jim Weigand celebrated his 24th year cancer-free.

“I believe that my Lord let me stay here because he knew that He had work for me to do, maybe this program, and I believe that wholeheartedly that I am here on this earth because my Lord saw the need and that maybe I was able to do it.”

Due to health problems, Weigand will no longer pioneer the deliveries, but instead is passing his duties to a fellow knight. Weigand said he plans to continue to stay involved in the process for the rest of his life.

“I am going to be involved until I die.”

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